Free Microsoft Office X Test Drive — Following up on its recent Test Drive version of Microsoft Word X for Mac OS X, Microsoft has announced a free Test Drive version of the complete Microsoft Office X suite of applications for Mac OS X, including Mac OS X versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage. The Test Drive runs for 30 days and lets users get hands-on experience with Office X’s features and capabilities – nearly all the features of the retail version of Office X are available in the Test Drive. The Test Drive is available now as an enormous 122 MB download, or – after 14-Jan-02 – users in the U.S. and Canada can order the Test Drive on CD-ROM for a small shipping and handling fee. Office X requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.1 or later.
In addition, Apple and Microsoft have announced mail-in rebate programs for customers buying Mac OS X and Office X. Buying a new Mac with Office X makes a user eligible for a $150 rebate; a new Mac with the an Office X upgrade qualifies for a $75 rebate, and purchasing Mac OS X and either Office X or the Office X upgrade qualifies for a $50 rebate. The rebates all run through 31-Mar-02. [GD]